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Superbug

noun; compounding
A particularly drug-resistant disease-producing microorganism (especially of the genetically engineered variety), generally said of antibiotic-resistant bacterial strains. apparent meaning: A particularly drug-resistant disease-producing microorganism (especially one that has been genetically or otherwise engineered), said especially of antibiotic-resistant bacterial strains. Because of the popularity of the Superman comic books and subsequent films and television series, the morpheme 'super' used as a prefix has acquired the connotation of describing the 'super-thing' as unusually strong and resistant. Thus, it was only natural for the new word 'superbug' to arise when our technology had advanced to a point where bacteria and viruses could be genetically engineered to be resistant to most, if not all, antibiotics and vaccines.
 
Bio-engineered superbug stirs debate.
Etymology : compound 'super-' (large, great, extreme) + 'bug' (disease-producing microorganism or the disease produced by this microorganism)
Source : MSNBC.com
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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